New Grad interviewing in Dialysis

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  • Specializes in Nephrology, Peds, NICU, PICU, adult ICU. Has 16 years experience.

Hi I'm a new grad and I'm interviewing for a position at an Acute care Hemodialysis unit. I was wondering if anyone had any pointers for me.

Any help would be appreciated

diabo, RN

135 Posts

Specializes in hemo and peritoneal dialysis. Has 20 years experience.

Will this be your first nursing job? If so, your real education is about to begin. Theres a lot more to good acute dialysis nursing (or any dialysis nursing for that matter)than you might have heard. Don't try to "show off" your knowledge during the interview, just display a confident willingness to learn and to work with all kinds of people and patients. Good luck. Keep us posted.

Specializes in Nephrology, Peds, NICU, PICU, adult ICU. Has 16 years experience.

Thank you for the info..... I guess I wasn't clear I was looking for nursing care pointers not interviewing pointers

rizenfly

5 Posts

I was a new grad going into a chronic unit. My advice to you would be to get your face into everything you can; ask questions; jump in to help -even if it's just to grab tape - and be flexible. I love dialysis nursing and do not regret my decision to begin my nursing career here.

Specializes in Nephrology, Peds, NICU, PICU, adult ICU. Has 16 years experience.

Thanks

southerngirl67

23 Posts

Specializes in dialysis, OR.

You will either love dialysis or you will hate dialysis. I would under no circumstances go into acute care without EXPERIENCE! I have been a dialysis nurse for 10 years. I tried to leave once, but it is an illness or something!

Specializes in Nephrology, Peds, NICU, PICU, adult ICU. Has 16 years experience.

Well I got the job, I am beginging my training on July 9th, I will spend 4 weeks learning the machines then I will have a preceptor as long as necessary (upto 6 months I believe). I have experience just not as an RN.

What I'm looking for is there anny additional materal I should read (book suggestions), or tutorial I should try to make my transition easier.

I am the only new grad my unit has hired and the manager feels that I have an adequate entry level skills set to go into this directly out of school and I'm really excited.

southerngirl67

23 Posts

Specializes in dialysis, OR.

You are very fortunate to have that much training. Get your feet wet in it before you start reading any materials. The website for American Nephrology Nurses Association might be helpful. I am not sure of the address, but I am sure that you can google it. Good luck! This group of wonderful and sometimes difficult people need good and compassionate nurses to help them. Just remember that they have given up alot of control over their lives. So they do sometimes try to control their nurses. Also, teaching them is very important. They do better if they understand why they are asked to not drink so much, etc. Take time to get to know them. They really appreciate that! It is unlike any nursing that you will ever do, and the relationships can get very complicated. Just remember that you are the provider of care.

Specializes in Nephrology, Peds, NICU, PICU, adult ICU. Has 16 years experience.

Southerngirl67 thank you very much that's the first useful piece of advice anyone has given me on this board

southerngirl67

23 Posts

Specializes in dialysis, OR.

Glad that I could help. If you need encouragement, let me know!

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